The Sentence

The Sentence

Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            comes home drunk
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            falls down the stairs
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            forgets we’re only kids
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            remembers his dad’s leather belt
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            sees his dad coming home from work
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            gets a helpless feeling
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            is unable to forgive himself
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            looks over my shoulder
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            sees me working on a spreadsheet
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            sits behind me in the conference room
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            meets with my boss
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            begins to understand
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            let’s go of my arm
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            leaves his things behind
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            drifts to the outskirts of town
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            becomes harder to recall
and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            is almost entirely forgotten
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            settles into the past
                        and smashes up our only TV.
Every day my mother’s boyfriend
            is there waiting for me
                        and smashes up our only TV.

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